The weekend review: 3D printing recommendations and mobile’s impact on TV

At Gigaom, we’re ramping up for Structure Data, which kicks off next week (March 19) in New York. The industry’s leading denizens will share their views on big data and its impact on the information economy.

At the conference, Gigaom Research analysts Paul Miller and Rich Morrow will be hosting this years Mapping Session, “Machine learning: When does the payoff start?” Register today to join the interactive discussion moderated by Research Director Cormac Foster (available for attendees only).

At Gigaom Research the following reports were popular this week:

First, in  “3D Printing: hype, hope or threat?” Aram Sinnreich takes a deep dive into the world of 3D printing. As the user demographic transitions from early adopters to mainstream manufacturing companies, there are key obstacles and drivers that will shape the industry. Although this market is still in its infancy, the long-term potential for disruption is considerable. Sinnreich proposes the likely effects for specific industry verticals and recommendations for companies seeking to get ahead of the innovation curve.

Second, in “Sector RoadMap: PaaS in 2014,” analyst David Linthicum scores key platform vendors against the principal disruption vectors at play. We build on our first PaaS Sector RoadMap from October 2012, examining new dimensions, including support for the emerging use of devops, better database integration, and better support for emerging multicloud deployments. 

Last, in “Mobile disruption in the living room in 2014,” Paul Sweeting analyzes how mobile trends impact the TV industry. As TV viewing and TV content are pulled deeper into mobile ecosystems, advertising will see significant disruptions. As one of TV’s two critical revenue streams, the changes in the advertising business will threaten networks.

Also popular this week: 

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